Cost of Chronic Diseases Higher in Rockford

By: Raquel Moore
By: Raquel Moore

$110 billion is spent each year in the United State on America’s leading killer, heart disease. The story is no different here in Rockford.

Heart disease is the city’s leading killer, taking 25% of lives annually. The Winnebago County Health Department administrator says 70% of healthcare is spent on chronic diseases in Rockford, causing the highest number of deaths in Winnebago County, according to reports in 2009. Heart Disease is the number one killer, over homicides and cancer.

Mike Bacon, Public Health Director for the Winnebago County Health Department says chronic diseases can be avoided.

“Having access to healthy, affordable food, eating a healthy diet, not smoking, and getting enough daily and weekly exercise,” said Bacon.

Bacon says it’s not the elderly that are spending the most money. It’s those 65 and younger.


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